Systemd tweets up a storm! Mintbox goes Pro, dnf crashes X, and project Mortar resurrects Flash, kinda. Then we have a slice of two-factor Pi.
Colour key – Venn Pedro Mathieu Jordan
- XFCE master race!
- Users began reporting “duplicated packages” and “kernel updates not working” error messages after running the update.
- I have broken the Fedora package manager in strange and unusual ways in the past, sometimes I haven’t managed to recover the system at all.
- Part of the Fedora learning experience.
- On the other hand I have always managed to fix Debian based systems no matter how messed up the package manager was.
- This Fedora thread is weird, they seem to be less focused on fixing the X crash and more focused on warning users against running dnf in a desktop environment.
- This must be a fairly recent thing. I’ve run a DNF update on both Mate and XFCE within the past two weeks and have not run into any issues
- Nice to know this will get patched before 4.8 hits any major distro.
- The bug seems to reside in swap.h so do like I do, don’t use swap!
- He seems grumpy about this not receiving proper testing.
- Do they still makes 4GB DIMMs?
- Remember kids! If Stryder does something, do the opposite.
- I still like how the article provides the download link to the kernel after this entire rant
- Bad use of the BUG_ON method, which can kill the kernel as opposed to spitting out warnings.
Hashtag SystemNope (from Mir)
- As much as I’d love to smack systemD into the ground again, this was blown out of proportion.
- It’s like we’re on the internet or something.
- And whole crashing it in one tweet is also not accurate.
- You’re not tweeting at SystemD, you’re sending it an empty notification request.
- And even then, sometimes you need to infinitely loop it before it causes anything.
- And for what? DDoS’ing a box locally. That’s it, that’s all you can do.
- “Oh, but you can’t cleanly reboot.”
- Since Journaled filesystems were invented, a good old power flush works wonders.
- And the guy who wrote that blog post at the same time he reported the bug, he can go rub himself raw on a rusted tin roof.
- So much for responsible disclosure.
- This is indeed receiving a lot of attention just because it’s systemd
- Like Kevin mentioned in his blog post bind, the DNS service had a similar local DDOS vulnerability a few days ago and no one cared.
- The bug is hard to reproduce, does not do a whole lot of damage and has been fixed. Move on, there is nothing to see there.
- “the only job of PID 1 is to execute the real init system and reap zombies”
- FSM damn I love Linux.
- Sooo don’t shove the kitchen sink into PID1?
- “Flatpak, the next generation application framework for Linux”
- Oh yes, let’s integrate yet another package manager.
- New photo sharing thingies and enhanced support for the Wayland.
- The bulk file renamer is nice, I won’t have to write scripts to rename stuff anymore.
- This *might* land in Ubuntu 17.04 but that depends on how fast Debian is to bring it to testing.
- It’s no longer in beta, in fact, it should be arriving at major distros in a matter of days.
- And by major distro, he means Suse Tumbleweed, Arch and Debian Sid. Other will have to wait a bit.
- I want that phone integration so bad. I wonder if I can make that work in Gnome.
- “Cover your desktop in useful widgets”
- If you go over to someone’s house and their Desktop is covered in widgets… run.
- It’s been a long time since i’ve used the KDE and after reading this it looks like the focus is on being pretty.
Will it blend?
- Optimizations on the cycles engine
- Support for VR rendering
- Better rendering in the viewport
- New freehand curve tool with pressure support
- Grease pencil for 2D drawing
- Bunch of other features, very solid release. If you use Blender, you’ll want to update asap
- Don’t put animated gifs on your homepage.
- Added support for NVIDIA 10x and improved support for the 980Ti and Titan.
- Updates like this makes me wish I had stuck /w learning the Blender back in the 90’s.
- Not necessarily, I started toying with Blender last year and it seems to be much easier to pick up today than it was a few years ago.
- You wanna replace the broken piece of bullcrap that is the Firefox PDF reader? Be my guest.
- After that exploit which targeted it and went straight for the .ssh folders, I have no sympathy left for it.
- But don’t bring in embedded Flash support.
- Adobe themselves want Flash to die and people like Google just won’t let it.
- Adobe did release an update for the NPAPI Flash a few weeks ago.
- I don’t think Mozilla’s goal is to bring a full implementation of Flash into their browser like Chrome does (because it would require some proprietary code to begin with)
- But it will have a more basic implementation of Flash, similar to what Gnash does, in order for some libraries (PDFium in this case) to work.
- If they do make the switch to the Pepper API, they it will probably be possible to use the Flash plugin from Chrome in a less hackish way than what is required today.
- Ummm…how about we just stop using flash.
- We’re renaming this Mordor, anyone have a problem with that?
- Wait, Foxfire cocks up PDFs?
- Not really? Aside from the exploit that Pedro mentioned. But PDF based exploits have been around since PDFs were invented
- I’m’ willing to try anything at this point.
- I’m not willing to try something from people who won’t bother releasing a proper Linux client.
- You would be okay with an electron app?
- It seems to be an Electron app to begin with, even on Windows and OSX
- It also works directly from their webzone.
- Apparently you can still build it for Linux but it’s “experimental” and “unsupported”
- Because who cares about Linux anyway?
- Remember that Tox was already doing this 2 years ago and you also got Ring that seems to be stable-ish.
- What the gosh darn heck is their business plan?
- I wonder what kind of business deal Mint did with the manufacturer of these boxes, because I can’t imagine their previous hardware deals were all that profitable.
- Quite a bold move to release a Linux box with Radeon graphics, but, hey, at least it’s open source!
- Cheap, the word you are looking for is cheap.
- Was there ever really that much demand for mintboxes in the first place? Intel NUCs seem like a better deal
- Would try this but my laptop with my copy of Windows connected to my Windows Insider account is under heavy repair.
- They have switched to 16.04, like everyone should have done long ago, EVERYONE.
- Again, this is something Frenchy likes and Microsoft recommends.
- …think about that.
- SystemD on windows. Let the jokes begin
Slice of Pi
- I like when people give attention to visual details on the desktop and that’s what PIXEL is about.
- Providing Infinality font rendering is a nice move, especially when you know how few distros get font rendering right.
- Not sure I like the icon theme though. Looks a bit dated and childish. (But yes, the Pi is partly targeted at children so it kinda makes sense)
- Chromium for the Pi, finally!
- They even included uBlock?
- Oh the poor 2GB of ram on that thing. Chromium’s gonna nom nom that right up
- This is neat and also not specific to Raspberry Pi
- You can install the google-authenticator command with the libpam-google-authenticator package
- Using the Googs for security… anyone see the irony in that? Bueller, Bueller?
- Two-Factor Pi, yeah, no.
- Telling newbie linux users to start messing around with PAM is a bad idea. Maybe introduce them to NSSwitch first